|Fishing vessels dock at Da Nang's Tho Quang Fishing port as the Melor storm approaches the East Sea. — VNS photo Cong Thanh
DA NANG (VNS) — About 37,000 fishing vessels with 166,000 fishermen from the coastal central region have noticed the approach of tropical storm Melor, which is moving towards the East Sea.
The Central and Central Highlands Flood and Storm Prevention Centre said all fishing vessels in Quang Nam, Quang Ngai, Binh Dinh and Phu Yen, besides Khanh Hoa and Ninh Thuan knew about the storm forecast and warnings, and were moving to safer areas.
The centre said 4,479 vessels and more than 32,000 fishermen were fishing in the sea off Truong Sa (Spratly) Archipelago and Hoang Sa (Paracel).
The Binh Dinh provincial centre for disaster prevention, search and rescue centre had asked the ministry of foreign affairs to contact the Philippines about getting permission for the docking of two fishing vessels.
About 10mm of rainfall was measured in provinces extending from Quang Binh to Binh Dinh between Tuesday and today .
There has been little change in the water levels of the rivers flowing from Quang Binh to Ninh Thuan.
According to the National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting, the tropical storm was forecast to be 530km to the east-northeast of Song Tu Tay Island – in the Truong Sa (Spratly) Archipelago of Viet Nam –by 1am on Thursday, with wind force of grade 10 or 11 (90km to 110km per hour), and gales of grade 12 or 13 (150km per hour). — VNS